Augusta, GA – The summer heat has definitely arrived and our humid climate provides the perfect conditions for flea and tick populations to boom in our area.
These insects reproduce very quickly and may pose serious health risks to both humans and pets.
Flea and tick infestations can lead to Lyme disease in humans.
Fleas and ticks have become increasingly resistant to common methods of treatment making controlling an infestation extremely difficult.
Here are five important precautions to prevent an infestation
1. Keep outdoor play areas and lawns groomed and clear of brush, grass clippings, woodpiles and leaf debris. These are ideal havens for rodents such as mice and rats which are renowned carriers of fleas and ticks.
2. Bathe and groom pets often and visit a veterinarian for professional flea and tick treatments. Also, inspect them regularly, especially the front shoulders, back and ears. Fleas are notorious hitchhikers and with the ability to jump more than 200 times their body length, it is extremely easy for them to catch a ride on a pet and into a home.
3. Vacuum frequently. This will help remove fleas and prevent the laying of eggs. It’s important to remember that fleas are not only fantastic hitchhikers, but also professional escape artists. “After vacuuming, immediately dispose of the bag,” said Charlie Jones, Arrow SVP of Operations.
4. When outside, in areas where ticks are common, it’s important to dress properly. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and if possible, wear clothing light in color so ticks are easier to detect. Also, use a tick repellant containing DEET or Permethrin and when returning indoors, inspect clothing and skin and pets thoroughly for ticks, especially the head and behind the ears.
5. If a flea or tick infestation is suspected, a pest professional should be contacted immediately to eradicate the problem.